The Cheltenham School District and other organizations and individuals were honored with Sustainable Cheltenham Awards on Sunday, June 2 at the 24th annual Arts in the Park at High School Park. The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council established the annual awards program to recognize stakeholders who make significant contributions to the Sustainable Cheltenham mission.
CSD was recognized for the introduction of 40 72-passenger buses to its transportation fleet. Propane-fueled school buses provide a number of environmental advantages, including cleaner-burning fuel and a reduction of hydrocarbons and emissions. The Propane Education and Research Council estimates emissions reduce by 11 percent after swapping a diesel school bus with a propane school bus. Propane-fueled school buses also offer long-term cost savings due to reduced fuel usage and maintenance costs.
“As we prepared a request for proposal for a five-year contract for school bus services in spring 2018, we had an opportunity to explore the options for alternative fuels instead of diesel,” said district supervisor of transportation Jim Custer. “In the proposal, we asked for 40 new propane powered buses, which were the best alternative fuel option available for our fleet operations. Current propane powered buses are competitively priced compared to diesel buses, so we went with propane and are enjoying the benefits of a cleaner burning and better smelling fuel.”
Sustainable Cheltenham unites Cheltenham Township residents, businesses, institutions and other stakeholders behind a shared vision for a more resilient and environmentally active community.